Venus is on a roll after snagging four titles
SHE may be turning 80 years old this year but Venus Smith is just as competitive now as she was when she first picked up a bowl over 30 years ago.
So far this year the Warwick East Bowls Club vice president has claimed victory in the division singles, the Warwick championships, the club championships and most recently the state ladies district sides division five competition.
The state win, played in Mooloolaba last week, was her first ever state badge.
"We started playing on Wednesday, three games a day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday," Smith said.
"Then we had the finals on Saturday.
"We played against Leichhardt, Condamine and Maranoa/Warrego.
"It was played on carpet and it was just brilliant, it was very fast."
Smith said she came close to giving the game away last year.
"I was playing a champion's champions game and I thought it would be my last," she said.
"I had already had a knee replacement, but I injured it again.
"And I had to have another one put in.
"I thought I wouldn't play again."
Smith is using the close call as inspiration to make sure this year is her best yet.
"I hope to make this year very special. I am a super veteran as I am turning 80 shortly and I want to achieve as much as I can for my 80th year," she said.
The athlete said her past experience playing tennis and golf helped her pick up the art of lawn bowls quickly.
"I have been very fortunate that I have been able to pick up the game," Smith said.
"I like the concentration, which is what bowls is all about."
And although Smith cannot quite remember how many competitions she has played and won, she said there had been enough that she no longer got nervous when she took to the green.
"I'm excited to be my age and achieving well at these competitions," Smith said.
"I play the game to try and win - if I win it is a bonus, if not well there is always another game."